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We all recognize that brushing and flossing are essential parts of good oral hygiene. But even with the best of intentions, bad habits can sneak up on us all. Fortunately, it’s never too late to brush up on your brushing habits.

One habit that is easy to pick up is brushing too quickly. Each session should take 2 minutes. If you are having trouble taking enough time on your teeth, try setting a timer. Even better, turn on your favorite tune and listen while you brush. You may even find a toothbrush with a self-timer.

Remember to floss! This is a major aspect of helping the mouth stay clean of leftover food particles and secure of cavity-causing bacteria. Please floss between each tooth, including the back row.

Don’t brush immediately after eating–especially if you’ve had something acidic, such as citrus, soda, or alcohol. Brushing right after consuming acidic food products can harm your teeth. Wait 20-30 minutes after eating to brush and floss. Try sugarless, ADA approved gum to assist cleaning your mouth while you wait. Or, for overall bodily and oral health, drink plain water!

Brushing harder won’t really remove more food particles or plaque from your teeth. In fact, brushing too hard can mean damaging the enamel and painful problems with your gums. A gentle brush is all that’s needed; it may assist in helping your toothbrush last longer. Be gentle!

Talk to your dentist about other healthy habits to incorporate into your oral hygiene routine. Dr. Scott Elrod and our team here at Distinctive Dental Services in Lake Jackson, Texas, will be happy to help you on your way to an even better smile! Ring us at 979-297-0337 to set an appointment today!